Although I am not a personal fan of Edward Hospital or the treatment my family and I have received there, they do offer some great Support Groups.
Edward Hospital offers several support groups for new moms and dads. This is a great way to get out of the house and meet other new parents, share questions and ideas, and get answers from professionals about the issues that concern you.
This informal support group is designed for new first-time parents and their newborns (0-6 months) to get together and share information, concerns, and ideas. An Edward Hospital nurse and special guest speakers will also attend meetings. This group meets every Wednesday from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at 27555 Diehl Road, Door G. Bring your baby! No registration necessary. Call (630) 527-3957.
Breastfeeding Support Group
This support group is led by a certified Lactation Counselor or Lactation Consultant. Join other breastfeeding moms for support and to have questions answered. No registration required. Bring your breastfed baby! Free. Meets on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 27555 Diehl Road, immediately following Cradle Talk, around 11:45 a.m. For more information or directions, call (630) 527-7685. (If you are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding, please call our Breastfeeding Center to talk to a Lactation Consultant or to make an appointment for an outpatient visit.)
Nurturing Mom: A support group for post-partum depression
The birth of a baby can trigger powerful emotions, from excitement and joy to fear and anxiety. But it can also result in something you might not expect – depression. This Linden Oaks support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 27555 Diehl Road, immediately following Cradle Talk, around 11:45 a.m. Babies are welcome. No registration is necessary. Please call (630) 527-6363 for more information or visit edward.org/postpartumdepression for more information.
Linden Oaks also provides a phone line dedicated to women, or anyone concerned about a woman, who may be experiencing signs or symptoms of post-partum depression. Call our Mom’s Line at (630) 527-7294.
This is a support group for new moms and dads (babies welcome too!). Learn about perinatal mood disorders, how it affectrs the entire family, and how to support a woman who is experiencing this. Led by a licensed psychotherapist and postpartum mood disorders specialist. Free. Meets on a Saturday. For more information about dates and time, call (773) 814-5637.
This support group is designed for expecting parents and new parents of multiples to learn how to adjust to that important first year with twins, triplets, or more. This group meets about every other month on a Saturday morning. For more information on this free support group, contact Susan Bard at (630) 527-7685 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHARE is a support group for parents who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or early infant death. Call (630) 527-3263. Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7:15 – 9:15 pm, Edward Education Center.
Sharing HOPE (Having Optimistic Pregnancy Expectations) is a support group for couples who have experienced a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, or neonatal death, and are now pregnant or considering pregnancy. Call (630) 527-3263. Free.